It used to be that whenever we’d have a little flush of money (tax return, an unexpected reimbursement, etc…), I’d tell Jeremy – OK! We have some extra $, go spend it on something. And Jeremy, being the careful consumer that he is, would spend a few weeks thinking of the fun thing and then by the time he’d decide what he wanted, the extra $ would have disappeared into the ether- used to pay for a broken cell phone or a new water heater. This would not do. So we established our little “fun funds” where money gets set aside weekly for all four of us. Kids get their ages in dollars, we get $25 dollars a week.
While it’s fun having, it’s also fun wanting something for a long time and knowing that you’ll get it when your “fun fund” reaches whatever amount that you are going to need. You spend that time deciding what exactly your going to get – which model, what color, what accessories. Jeremy waited a long time to buy his new bike, which he’s been riding all around town. 60-70 miles on the weekends in prep for a 100 mile ride/race in early September.
This is the first time he got a flat during a ride:
A gnarly stick:
Of course, after the initial expenditure on the bike, there are other things to think about getting. Biking is crazy with the extra accessories – seats, clothing, computers, things to ride inside in the winter, clippy shoes – I don’t even know what else.
101 degrees out this weekend.
Is it terrible that we use Edda’s fun fund on her “medical” expenses? I’ve used it to buy her a TV. But I think I might have used it to buy her new wheels on her wheelchair.
Jeremy changing out tires of another sort.